Notre Dame du Châtelet
French Sailing ship
|Name||Notre Dame du Châtelet|
|Completed||1921 - Scheepsb. v/h Gebr. G.& H. Bodewes, Martenshoek|
|Owner||Société des Pêcheries Malouines Marieange Glâtre, St. Malo|
|Date of attack||15 May 1941||Nationality: French|
|Fate||Sunk by U-43 (Wolfgang Lüth)|
|Position||48N, 14W - Grid BE 6155|
|Complement||38 (28 dead and 10 survivors).|
|Route||St. Malo - Grand Banks of Newfoundland|
|History||Completed as Dutch Oceaan for J.J. Onnes. 1930 sold to France and renamed Notre Dame du Châtelet (SM 142). |
|Notes on loss|
After 04.15 hours on 15 May, 1941, the three masted Notre Dame du Châtelet was sunk by U-43 with 45 rounds from the deck gun and AA gunfire. Lüth suspected the vessel to report the position of U-boats to Allied forces, while the survivors thought they had been attacked by a British submarine. The day before, the vessel had encountered the Italian submarine Cappellini in 47°42N/13°56W. The survivors abandoned ship in two lifeboats. Two of them were picked up from a dinghy by the Italian submarine Otaria on 23 May.
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